DJ Kicks With a Massive Extra Foot


I've got a long week ahead of me, so I'm not sure how often I'll have a chance to post in the next few days. Plus, I was up all night on Sunday transcribing my interview with Colin Meloy of THE DECEMBERISTS, which I then used to write an article for a local paper as a preview for their show in Omaha on Saturday.

It might sound odd, but I also had a musically exhausting weekend. I didn't think it was possible. After working 9 hours at the record store on Friday (I did the Meloy interview on my lunch break), Mike and I did our usual shift at The Goofy Foot. At the end of the night, the owner asked if I could come back in the next night at 9, making for a 4 and 1/2 hour set. Not wanting to play the same set twice, I spent most of Saturday finding new stuff on the web.

After Saturday night, I don't think I listened to music for two days. There may have been music on in my presence, but I wasn't hearing it. I played 80 songs. I fought off two requests for Bon Jovi. I gave a woman who snidely commented that I wasn't playing enough New Wave for her a facefull of soul and hip-hop, avoiding her genre for at least a half hour. What's up with bar patrons? It's bad enough they can't listen and notice that Bon Jovi would fit nowhere in this set, but they usually toss out a rude comment about what you are playing instead of their song, and never even offer to tip you when they're mistaking you for a jukebox. Seriously, if you've never had the experience, go DJ somewhere and see what it's like. A few weeks back, I had a guy preface his request for AFI with, "So, what're you guys doing here? It seems like you're just jumping around, playing everything, and it doesn't make any sense." That's how you ask for a favor?

But damn those suckas, because there were still plenty of people there who appreciated the chaos. Here's the listing for my 80-song set (big Thanks go out to Mike for letting me use his vinyl), along with at least a CD's worth of tracks for you to mix in with Bon Jovi however you please.

Saturday October 14th, 2005

1. Hello Tomorrow (KAREN O. & SQUEAK E. CLEAN)
2. Maps (ADA)
3. Me and Mrs. Jones by BILLY PAUL: The only people in the bar at this point were the bartender, her friend and Mike. I wasted a perfectly good booty jam on no one.
4. Lay Lady Lay (MAGNET w/GEMMA HAYES)
6. Flim (APHEX TWIN)
7. Can We Pretend (BILL WITHERS): Another booty jam wasted!
8. Meeting in the Aisle (RADIOHEAD)
9. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (DJ SHADOW): Has anyone else out there seen this site, where a high school music instructor hosts video of his class performing 2 DJ Shadow songs at a school performance? It's absolutely incredible. Listen to this track, and then follow that link to watch it performed live, by kids who don't yet know how truly cool they are.
10. Paperbag Writer (RADIOHEAD)
11. Brakes On (AIR): The bar started seeing a crowd at this point, and I'm guessing a few people almost lost their minds at the psychedelicness of this track. I watched a table full of stout women in sweatpants play pool while this played.
12. I Walk on Guilded Splinters (JOHNNY JENKINS)
13. Keep On Doin' (THE ISLEY BROTHERS)
14. Good Lovin' Woman (DOLORES HALL)
15. Let the Music Play (BILLY PRESTON)
16. The Night Time is the Right Time CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: The only user comment on eMusic for the Creedence box set is someone making fun of these guys for being hicks. I say, "Fuck you, good sir." Also, Creedence were from California. Deep south, that one.
18. Whole Lotta Love (KING CURTIS)
19. For What it's Worth (LOU RAWLS prod. by DAVID AXELROD)
20. Everything I Do Gohn be Funky (LEE DORSEY)
21. A Natural Man (LOU RAWLS)
22. Never Let 'Em Say (BALLIN' JACK)
23. Got to be a Love (GREYBOY feat. SHARON JONES, PAUL NICE remix)
24. Yeah Yeah (BLACKROCK)
25. The Corner (COMMON)
26. Chicken Payback (THE BEES, MADLIB remix)
27. Tender (BLUR, CORNELIUS remix)
28. Dare (GORILLAZ, SOULWAX remix)
29. KooKooKa Fuk-U (!!!)
30. Guns Blazing (U.N.K.L.E. w/KOOL G. RAP)
31. Rock and Roll (EDAN feat. DAGHA)
32. Letsgetabitarockin' (THE 101'ers): This was the first band of The Clash's Joe Strummer.
33. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (DEVO)
34. Rave n' Rock (DADDY MAXFIELD)
35. Little Red Book (LOVE)
36. Kick! (ADAM & THE ANTS)
37. A Certain Romance (ARCTIC MONKEYS)
38. Psychotic Reaction (COUNT FIVE)
39. Motoring (THE WHO)
40. Mannequin (WIRE)
41. It's a Curse (WOLF PARADE)
42. Contort Yourself (JAMES CHANCE)
43. I Got the Feeling (SHARON JONES)
44. Mirror in the Bathroom (THE BEAT)
45. Get Your Snack On (AMON TOBIN)
46. Dimension (WOLFMOTHER)
47. Emerald (THIN LIZZY)
48. Yo Gonna Get Yours (PUBLIC ENEMY)
49. Microphone Fiend (ERIC B. & RAKIM)
50. Right Place, Wrong Time (DR. JOHN)
52. Brand New Caddilac (THE CLASH)
53. Bigmouth Strikes Again (THE SMITHS)
54. Do You Remember Walter? (THE KINKS)
55. This Dirt is Made for Shoulders (JAY Z. vs. NANCY SINATRA): Mike says the backing track might be the Lee Hazelwood version of "Boots," not the Nancy Sinatra hit. I'm inclined to agree.
56. The Clapping Song (SHIRLEY ELLIS)
57. Handclapping Song (THE METERS)
58. Cussin' Cryin' and Carryin' On (IKE & TINA TURNER)
59. Mrs. Robinson (BOOKER T. & THE MGs)
60. Wouldn't it be Nice (BEACH BOYS)
61. What's a Matter Baby (TIMI YURO)
62. I'm Looking Thru You (THE BEATLES): This is the way sweeter alternate version that appeared on The Beatles' "Anthology 2." This is also the version of the song that Wes Anderson originally intended to roll over the credits of "The Royal Tenenbaums."
63. We Can Work it Out (STEVIE WONDER)
64. Sweet Wanomi (BILL WITHERS)
65. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON)
66. Down Home Girl (THE COASTERS)
67. Stood Up (RICK NELSON)
68. Get Thy Bearings (DONOVAN)
69. Is it Because I'm Black (KEN BOOTHE)
70. Fearless (PINK FLOYD): This was supposed to be the "last call" finale. It was kind of cool to watch the bar slowly empty to this, especially during that football chant at the end of the song.
71. Any Way You Want Me (ELVIS PRESLEY)
72. GhostWriter (RjD2)
73. Nobody Knows (PAUL MCCARTNEY): What's up with no one ever guiding me toward the awesomeness of Paul McCartney's second solo album (aptly titled "2")? Was this record just too weird for his fans back then, and it eventually got buried and forgotten? While "Nobody Knows" is probably the most normal song on it, this record kills and is full of crazy electronic experimentation and kind of cool white-boy funk.
74. You Just Gotta Know My Mind (DANA GILLESPIE)
75. Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher (EILEEN): Yeah, that's right, the French version of "These Boots Were Made for Walking."
76. Come On Honey (ALEX CHILTON)
77. Ask (THE SMITHS)
78. Sound of Free (DENNIS WILSON)
79. Miss Amanda Jones (ROLLING STONES)
80. Jeepster (T.REX)



James said...

Excellent post! Thanks for the goodies!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the DJ-ing complaints. If it makes you feel any better, the same lameshit requests and comments occur even here in supposedly uberhip nyc - always some shithead, while you're spinning Pavement, comes up and asks for Guns and Roses; or my favorite: "Can you play something good?" while spinning, say, James Chance. But here's how I love to respond: If someone asks for Bon Jovi, I simply say "sure, no problem." And then just never play it. If they come back, say it again. But always be overly polite. It makes them the bad guy, because they have to come back and be a dick about why you haven't gotten to it. Takes patience, but it's really fun to sarcastically torture them all night. And get a tip jar if the bar will let you.
When I'm not in the mood, I also say "I will not be playing Bon Jovi, not tonight, not ever, and I don't own any to even bring it here." Feels good, but then again it usually makes some idiot want to discuss the merits of Bon Jovi.

thevitaminkid said...

I must respectfully disagree with you about McCartney II. I own that album, and I can't even recall the song you posted. Too weird? Not necessarily. Yet, I CAN recall an annoying little ditty from the record titled Temorary Secretary. "Temporary... secretary... temporary... secretare..." Ugh. What an embarrassment. I'll stick with Ram, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, and Tug of War.

Nick said...

I must respectfully disagree with you about Bon Jovi. As someone who regularly requests "Living In Sin" at local DJ nights (and is rudely turned down for doing so), I must say that you just don't get it. Just play the fucking Jovi, dude, and thank me later. And why don't you grab a little PJ while you're back there.

I thank you for "Me and Mrs Jones." Keep up the good work. I now have a Dylan playlist on my iTunes. I'll back you on Macca II.

Dylan Gaughan said...

I must disrespectfully disagree with TheVitaminKid. "Temporary Secretary" fucking rules! It's Krautrock. It's techno. It's fucking bizarre. And it's all Macca, every instrument and every note. If that were on a DJ Shadow or even a Devo album, I don't think anyone would bat an eye.

What can I say, I'm a McCartney apologist.

Lee said...

Put me down as another fan of McCartney 2. I love that album - it's what Paul sounds like when he thinks nobody is listening: raw, experimental, funny...and how can you not love the new wave-styled funk of "Coming Up"?

I also thought Wings' Back To the Egg was a great album too...so check that one if you haven't.

Roger said...

You have great taste in music, but like most bloggers, you're a pussy who whines about his life too much. Stand up and be a man, man!

Dylan Gaughan said...

You like the Doors, though.

You, too, are a pussy.

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Fuckin' yes!

I fully and 100% agree with you. The idiocy of many bar patrons absolutely blows my mind that some of them have.

Here's a question - how do you guys approach a bar with an idea for a DJ night - I find that bars are very unreceptive to new DJs and that's its very hard to get a gig in a place that isn't openly hiring for them.

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